Southern Wind 105 yacht Satisfaction delivered
by Chris Jefferies
Styled inside and out by Nauta Design, her naval architecture comes courtesy of Farr Yacht Design. An unbroken sheerline, running from bow to stern, gives her a sleek and purposeful profile in keeping with her considerable regatta racing potential.
“The aim when conceiving this project was to incorporate a modicum of raceboat features into a cruiser/racer while keeping a beautiful aesthetic and a high level of comfort," explains Jim Schmicker, vice-president of Farr Yacht Design. "The wide aft sections and transom make for more internal volume and deck area. This generous width is carefully balanced with extra volume in the forward sections to ensure the yacht remains in control with a level fore-and-aft trim when sailing at typical upwind heel angles.”
Sloop-rigged, Satisfaction was built from a carbon fibre hull and superstructure to comply with RINA classification standards. For added weight saving, she features synthetic teak decks.
Accommodation is for up to eight guests split between four staterooms, including an owner’s cabin situated in the bow, and two twin rooms and a double cabin amidships. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to six people.
The brief was for "house-like ergonomics" and Massimo Gino of Nauta Design adds: "We succeeded in designing a single level deck while keeping the freeboard low [and] without compromising the height of the interiors for the comfort of guests and crew, and still leaving room for all the structures and running systems as we had planned from the start."
Other key features include a raised coachroof, a 7.32 metre beam and a notable broad aft section, which allows Satisfaction to carry both a 4.2 metre jet tender and a Jet Ski in her superyacht garage. For ease of on-deck service, she has been fitted with a custom electric dumbwaiter that connects the galley to the cockpit.
Her fixed bowsprit incorporates an integrated anchor arm and fittings for a gennaker tack line and a furling code zero. Auxiliary power comes from a single 305hp Cummins QSB 6.7 MCD engine, while her telescopic keel means the maximum draught can be reduced from 5.6 metres to 3.65 metres when cruising in shallow waters.
Commenting on her performance, Marco Aberti, general manager of Southern Wind, said: "Satisfaction is a perfectly balanced and powerful sailing yacht that performs very well in light air. Thanks to her twin rudder configuration, she is very light on the helm in any condition. The wide deck with the cockpits on the same level gives a real superyacht feeling.”
Two further hulls in the Southern Wind 105 series are already under construction, with June 2018 and December 2018 launch dates planned.